The Festival of Tolerance for the first time this year introduces the Literary evenings, which will be held at the Velvetgallery, Dežmanov prolaz 2, Zagreb. Literary evenings raise awareness about the need to discuss the themes related to the Festival on all artistic levels,and develop the civil dialogue through the critical examination. The moderator of the Literary evenings is Srđan Sandić, dramaturg, playwright, freelance PRandcopywriter.
With the participation of guest experts and publishers Petar Milat, Simona Goldstein and others, three books will be presented at the Literary evenings on May 21st, 22nd, and 23rd at 7 p.m.
The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela
Although Benjamin’s travelogue is less fascinating than the one of Marco Polo, his notes are far more reliable. Benjamin’s observations about the different ethnic and religious communities, their everyday life, legal status, mentality or economic activities are a first-rate historical source which is inevitable in any serious research of the problems of interaction of different cultures in a differentMedieval period. Publisher: Antibarbarus 2013.
Georges Didi-Huberman: Barks
Barks is the photo-story about the French theorist Georges Didi-Huberman’s visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau in summer of 2011. It is both painful and inspiring meditation on the nature of the image in the age of industrial genocide of people – from the pen of one of the internationally most notable contemporary image-thinkers. Barks is the first published Didi-Huberman´s book in Croatian.
Thomas Keenan and Eyal Weizman: Mengele’s Skull: The Advent of a Forensic Aesthetics
Adolf Eichmann was on trial in Jerusalem in 1960, beginning the ”era of the witness”.After Josef Mengele’s death in 1985, his body was identified by a group of forensic scientists in Brazil, thus changing the perception in the discurs on the human rights, shifting the focus from the personal witnessing to the forensic evidence. This book explores the emergence of the object in processing the war crimes, the conditions of its presentation, and the aesthetic operations involved in deciphering the ”speech of things.”
Barks and Mengele’s Skull were published in the library of Multimedia Institute in Zagreb.